About the local hosting organizationThis workcamp has been organized with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2016 in this place). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life. Forests occupied 50% of the national land 2 years ago, but now only 30%. The farmland in this area was abandoned since the financial support from an International Organization suddenly stopped 5 years ago. But the Women’s group has been reviving it, a part of which is a natural forest with lots of herbs and local various trees. They are planning to cover other parts also by trees and established a nursery with forest plants and cash crops for minor export such as pepper, fruits, etc.
About the volunteer workIn the 1st week, volunteers will work in a plant nursery such as making composts/ beds, planting seeds/ branches in the pots, collecting necessary plants and seeds from the forest etc. with youth and women groups. In the 2nd week, volunteers will do various community work such as supporting the children society’s work and villagers' home garden activities.
Local accommodationVillage house with a host family with 2 children. No hot water, but electricity is available. Meals will be cooked by the host while dishes should be washed by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is not necessary. Let's enjoy the life without internet!
About the project location150km from Colombo, a mountainous area of 1,150 m a.s.l. Environment is cool, windy and low humid. Agriculture, dairy farming and working at tea plantation are the main income of the community.
RequirementsHigh motivation to work and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization!
Extra info about the projectOther activities:Organizing cultural exchange events, Excursion, Environmental Education, Expedition, Farewell party